Texas Health Resources demonstrates its commitment to community well-being by providing patients with access to medical care, community health outreach programs, philanthropy, faith and spirituality integration, and advocacy efforts.
We achieve this through a number of strategies:
- Offering innovative faith-based and accessible community health programs.
- Disbursing hundreds of millions of dollars in charity care, and thousands of hours of community service.
- Advocating at the state, regional and national level for improved health care quality, increased transparency and extended coverage to the uninsured.
Faith and Spirituality Integration
Texas Health’s heritage reaches back to the healing ministries of the Presbyterian Church, USA, and the United Methodist Church. These religious traditions established some of the first faith-based hospitals in Dallas and Fort Worth. Today, we have expanded our partnerships to include Huguley Memorial Medical Center, an Adventist hospital.
We are committed to integrating faith and medicine in a seamless way that cares for our patients’ – minds, body and spirit – with confidence in the gifts of medicine, science and the healing power of faith.
Texas Health integrates faith and spirituality across the system through professional chaplains. In the community, we equip nurses with tools they need to deliver care in congregations and other faith-based settings.
Faith Community Nursing
The centerpiece of our faith-based community services initiative is Faith Community Nursing (FCN). Launched in 2002, the program’s mission is to purposely integrate the practice of faith with the practice of nursing to care for an individuals’ mind, body and spirit.
Today, seven Texas Health hospitals have FCN coordinators who liaise with parishioners at their own congregations as well as with other faith organizations. Together, they assess members’ health needs, and develop health and wellness strategies to address them.
Pastoral care provides a compassionate presence for people trying to connect meaning with life circumstances that often do not make sense or seem fair. At Texas Health, about 30 full-time chaplains serve patients and their families, and also provide on-call service to our communities.
We sponsor education programs for pastoral care providers to strengthen our faith and healing practices.
Faith at Work
We encourage our caregivers to nurture their spirit and live out their faith at work. We offer chapels, meditation gardens, daily mindfulness chimes and an annual “blessing of the hands” event to help employees cope with their emotions and to deliver compassionate care. Our Faith and Spirituality Integration Council reinforces our faith-based values and promotes values-based leadership to our entire workforce as well.
Click here to learn more about Texas Health’s faith-based heritage and community benefit focus in our annual Stewardship Report.